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summer’s midpoint, and chasing sunsets

summer’s midpoint, and chasing sunsets

August 2, 2016 |  Category:   life

Taking any kind of extended leave from full time employment is a delicate dance between truly enjoying myself and suppressing any feelings of guilt for taking time off. To be fair, it wasn’t entirely intentional. But summer dictates its own unique rhythm and pace in terms of freelance work (clients don’t seem to be in any kind of hurry) and thus, I’ve had more free time on my hands than anticipated. If I’m counting myself as my own client in terms of my impossibly long list of tasks for our business, I’m guilty of some serious procrastination myself. But if there’s any season that’s best to slow down, wouldn’t it be summer? Ironically, trying to slow down life might just… CONTINUE READING

desserts, lately

desserts, lately

July 25, 2016 |  Category:   baked goods + desserts life we ate this

Mark and I have been making desserts almost weekly this summer, most of which we’ll create stories for on Snapchat and then post on Instagram. The seasonal fruits and flowers found at the markets these days are hard to resist! And I’ve taken advantage of my free(er) time to work on photo and food styling skills. We’re not food bloggers – every project takes a long time to set up, style and document – and we’ve quickly realized that you could just do this full time if food blogging was your thing. But it’s been fun to devote some time every week to fun food and Mark gets to make something other than cookies (ha!). The camomile that we bought… CONTINUE READING

Lavender fields on the North Shore, LI

Lavender fields on the North Shore, LI

July 13, 2016 |  Category:   life outings seasonal

Have you ever stood in the middle of a lavender field? It’s an experience that feeds all the senses. The blooming season is quite short though, and we’ve missed it the last couple of years, but I made sure to mark the season on my calendar because I’ve been wanting to go back for years. The lavender farm closest to us is located on the North Shore of Long Island. If you’re driving from the city, it’s a couple of hours drive, but you can make a nice day trip of it and visit farm stands, wineries and all the charming towns that line the North Fork. It’s one of our favorite places to go in the New York area.… CONTINUE READING

We’re all in this together

We’re all in this together

July 9, 2016 |  Category:   life

I'm sure you've been reading and watching the news. Everyone has. It's a really confusing and sad time for our country when it feels like nothing has changed from our past, doesn't it? But while we still have a lot of work to do (STILL! In 2016!) of course some things have changed; it's just easy to forget when we're seeing such terrifying events unfold. I still have hope. We need to have hope. It's the only thing sometimes that propels us forward. By the way, I was so happy to see this. As a non-white person, but one who may sometimes be viewed as a person of privilege among people of color, it's sometimes confusing to make sense… CONTINUE READING

NYC in the summer: Museum Mile Festival

NYC in the summer: Museum Mile Festival

June 23, 2016 |  Category:   life nyc outings

This photo that I posted on Instagram last week from the Museum Mile Festival is a perfect snapshot of a NYC summer moment. If you’re from here, or have ever visited during the summer months, you may know what I mean. There’s a certain energy and a feeling of endless possibilities in early summer here in NYC – before New Yorkers get tired of the heat and the smells and the humidity, which thankfully, hasn’t descended on us yet. As days stretch longer into the evening hours, that light at dusk lingers and bathes the city all golden. It’s almost a shame to be inside at this hour. June is also a month of transitions and it always catches me… CONTINUE READING

the funny thing about time

the funny thing about time

June 14, 2016 |  Category:   life

It’s been a little over a month since the big change and I’ve been thinking about the way in which I’ve been spending my days and what my definition of productivity means. I think the most challenging thing about working for myself and from home again is to make sure there is some semblance of a structured daily schedule, otherwise it’s far too easy to let the day get away from you. With a blink of an eye, 6pm could be staring back at you leaving you wondering where the day went. To be honest, though I am making sure to set aside time for some relaxing and soul-feeding activities (I’m exploring art again, but that is a different post… CONTINUE READING

Late Spring, in all its seasonal glory

Late Spring, in all its seasonal glory

June 1, 2016 |  Category:   life nyc seasonal

The farmers markets around the city are bursting with seasonal produce and flowers lately and we’ve been picking up fiddleheads, ramps, lilacs and any other goodies that catch our eye. Even though my office was near Union Square and I’d walk through the market every Monday to and from work, the market on Saturdays is much bigger with a lot more farmers. Our favorite recent purchase were these camomile flowers. We made a few desserts with the edible flowers that I’ll post at a later date, but if you follow us on Instagram or Snapchat, then you’ve seen some of our recent little food projects. I think the biggest surprise was the long line for peonies at one of the… CONTINUE READING

summer is near, and a new rhythm

summer is near, and a new rhythm

May 23, 2016 |  Category:   life

Seems like this year I blinked and all the flowers were gone. Didn’t revel in them like we do every year. We missed the cherry blossom festival for the first time in years and we didn’t even get to enjoy our favorite cherry blossom tree in the neighborhood. The branches are low enough that the clouds of lush pink blooms envelope you once you step under the tree. It’s a total sensory experience that we look forward to every Spring, but somehow, we missed it. We didn’t even get to skip across the petals that fall to the sidewalk – the best kind of confetti you can find. The flowering tree season seemed to have come earlier this year, but… CONTINUE READING

The gorges and waterfalls of Letchworth State Park

The gorges and waterfalls of Letchworth State Park

May 16, 2016 |  Category:   life travels

I can only imagine how absolutely stunning this park would be in the Fall when the leaves are at its peak glory. Because of our seasonal school and business schedules, we always seem to travel upstate to visit family when its cold and bleak. When we left the city for Spring break at the end of April, the trees had just burst with green seemingly overnight, but as we drove further north, it was like turning the clock back on time into winter. The trees became bare again and the unseasonably cold weather and perpetual gray skies didn’t help. I kept exclaiming in the car how brown everything was. But this view right here, the middle falls of Letchworth State… CONTINUE READING

I’m a recovering perfectionist, and some thoughts about failure.

I’m a recovering perfectionist, and some thoughts about failure.

May 9, 2016 |  Category:   life me rambling

As an (overly) ambitious and driven person, accepting failure is hard. Finding the lessons to be learned from those failures, however, is not too difficult to do. The truth is – and this may sound ridiculous – I have not “failed” at very many things in my life and in a way I felt I was overdue. I know this is a really weird way to look at things, but hear me out. It’s an important lesson that I need to pass on to my daughters and one that’s taken me nearly a lifetime to learn. We can’t live in fear of failure because failure is a part of life. If it’s not something you’ve gone through and experienced, you won’t… CONTINUE READING

the death of one and the rebirth of another

the death of one and the rebirth of another

April 25, 2016 |  Category:   life

It's only April, but 2016 has already put me through the wringer. Where the rest of the year will go is anyone's guess. I'm still trying to collect my thoughts and get my bearings around the fact that my tech start up has shut down quite suddenly, but the overwhelming response on that post and on Twitter is testament that our team built something special. I'm working on my own Medium post because there's so much still to say about this experience, but for now, a focus back on our bakery business is in much needed order. Watching the city bloom and the way the light progressively changes every day as we move through seasons has made the… CONTINUE READING

The Tides may be changing again

The Tides may be changing again

April 6, 2016 |  Category:   life outings travels

There is nothing like discovering a special new-to-you place for the first time and tucking it away as a memory to pull out on days when things seem rocky. It was a cold Easter weekend when we took a spontaneous road trip to Boston. Didn’t think we’d be heading to the ocean on this trip, but my cousin must share a fondness for drives and views like I do because she suggested this park near Rockport, Massachusetts. I like the ocean in any form, but I like rocky, dramatic beachscapes the best. We didn’t stay too long because of the wind and cold, but long enough to get our fill of ocean air. The waves were really rough that day.… CONTINUE READING

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